Preventative Dentistry

From cleanings and diagnostics, night guards and sports guards, we offer a full range of prevantive dental services to keep your healthy, great-looking smile.

Seeing a dentist and dental hygienist regularly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth, gums and bone healthy. Regular home care of brushing and flossing is essential to maintaining your teeth and gums, but there are many areas that may not get properly looked after on a regular basis. This is where our team comes in.

Seeing your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis allows us to examine your teeth and get on top of problems before they get out of hand. Your mouth is always changing, so what is in perfect health now may need some assistance in the future.

Your comfort is one of our highest priorities.

While we can’t promise pain-free treatments, we do take your comfort very seriously: our goal is for you to experience as little discomfort as possible. Our advanced equipment allows our skilled team members to provide gentle, effective dental care. We understand that some patients need extra time and care, so we explain what will happen and we don’t rush procedures.

If you’re getting a filling, root canal, implant, or any other surgical procedure, we provide plenty of local anaesthetic so that you won’t experience any pain during the procedure itself. Afterwards, our patients often require only over-the-counter medication like Advil or Tylenol for a couple of days, but we do also prescribe a short course of Tylenol-3s if required after more complex procedures.

Cleaning & Hygiene Services

Regular cleanings start with the hygienist examining your hard and soft tissues, assessing the health of your gums and supporting tissues. This can include palpating your tissues as well as measuring your gums. To clean your teeth, we use several techniques, including hand and ultrasonic scaling, to remove plaque and calculus (tartar), and polishing to remove stains. Our hygienists can provide you with instructions and alternatives for your home care routine. Depending on your needs, we may finish with fluoride treatment to help prevent decay.

Every patient is different, so your hygienist will recommend individualized hygiene intervals and techniques that reflect your specific situation.

If cleanings have been uncomfortable for you in the past, our staff are able to provide local or anaesthesia (freezing) to keep you comfortable while ensuring you get the best clean possible for your health.

Will a dental cleaning and checkup hurt?

They may be a little uncomfortable, but regular cleanings should not cause pain. Although our hygienists work as gently as possible, if it’s been a long time since your last cleaning, your gums may feel sensitive or tender and may bleed as the hygienist removes plaque and tartar. Taking Advil or Tylenol can be helpful if you are particularly sore. We also find that warm salt water rinses can be quite soothing.

Will I be offered fluoride? I’m worried it might be bad for me.

We do recommend fluoride! Every time you eat, the inside of your mouth is an acid environment that tends to dissolve tooth enamel. Fluoride makes your enamel harder to dissolve in this harsh environment. “The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) supports the appropriate use of fluoride. More than 50 years of extensive research demonstrates that fluoride is safe and effective in preventing dental caries (i.e., tooth decay).”

As part of our commitment to you and your teeth, we stay up to date on the latest materials and treatments to reduce the number and severity of procedures you need. In particular, for children and patients with chronic decay, we offer silver fluoride treatments. This material can’t fix everything, but it can treat some decay without the need for more involved procedures.

Diagnostic Services

Once your teeth have been cleaned, the dentist may check your mouth and may palpate your jaw and neck, as we are always on the lookout for any unusual tissue (lumps, bumps and ulcers) in your mouth as a safeguard against oral cancer. If we see something suspicious, we can help get a definitive diagnosis with biopsies and screening via the BC Oral Biopsy Service and/or refer you to a specialist as needed.

Depending on your needs, we may take some check up or panoramic x-rays to check your teeth and bone.

Night Guards and Sports Guards

Night guards and sports guards help protect your teeth while you sleep or participate in high-impact sports. Come in to Chatterton Way Dental and we will make a mold of your mouth and send it to a local dental manufacturing lab. About a week later, at a short follow-up appointment, we will fit you with your custom night or sports guard and show you how to wear it.

Night Guards

Many people clench or grind their teeth at night, which can result in wear on the teeth, damage to the gums, and even tooth fractures. The most common symptom is jaw pain and/or a headache—as well as visible damage to the teeth (which you may not see, but your dental hygienist and dentist will).

A night guard will help alleviate this condition. A night guard is not painful to wear, but does take a bit of getting used to, since at first it will feel a bit bulky in your mouth. But when the pain in your teeth subsides after a week or so, you’ll be thankful! You may not need to wear one for the rest of your life.

Sports Guards

Contact sports can be rough on your teeth.  We highly recommend wearing one for hockey, football and any other sport where you might get frequently in contact with other players.

A sports guard is a protective acrylic appliance that goes on the upper teeth, but it’s important to know that not all are created equally. A properly fitted sport guard helps to prevent tooth and jaw fractures by splinting your teeth and bone together to act as a solid unit.

What our patients have said...

Jennifer did an excellent job with my cleaning, super gentle and careful. Dr. Foulkes was very kind and took his time to do a thorough exam and explain some questions about my health. I am so happy to have found a new permanent dentist. Thank you!

Logan Aitken

I’ve been a patient for a few years (since I was a university student). Kindest dental team out there.


Fantastic dentist and great for U Vic students, walked without paying anything out of pocket.

Ben K.

Very friendly and professional dentist and staff.

Sarah-Anne Lake